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John Owen-Jones, Jessica Daley, Ben Miller & more to take part in live streamed Ukraine fundraiser

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A host of stars are to take part in a live streamed Ukraine fundraiser this weekend.

The Barn Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham have teamed up to host a night that will benefit refugees fleeing Ukraine conflict.

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Stand Up For Ukraine will be live streamed worldwide at 7.30PM BST on Saturday, 2 April.

The night will consist of a variety line-up including classical music, opera, comedy, choral music, classical and showtunes, as well a special reading by acclaimed writer Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Mozart Question).

Other performers will include the impressionist Rory Bremner, actor Ben Miller (Armstrong & Miller Show, Bridgerton), renowned comedian Dom Joly, actor Lisa Maxwell, John Owen-Jones (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera), Jessica Daley (BBC’s Over The Rainbow, White Christmas), and many more.

Everyman regulars will welcome panto-extraordinaire and host of ceremonies Samuel Holmes (Curtains, Mrs Henderson Presents), as well as star clown Tweedy to entertain audiences coming together for the good cause. There will be music by Every Voice Choir as well as a special performance by comedy-magician John Archer (Britain’s Got Talent, CBBC’s Help! My Supply Teacher’s Magic).

In addition to the DEC Ukrainian appeal, proceeds from the night will go to charities with which the Everyman has worked previously, Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees and GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), groups which work to work provide support to asylum seekers and to help foster compassion and cooperation in communities.

The ambition will be to raise £50,000 for these charities through ticket sales and through donations on the night.

The live stream will be available worldwide with tickets on sale from barntheatre.org.uk/ukraine and everymantheatre.org.uk/shows/stand-up-for-ukraine-live-stream

Mark Goucher, Everyman Theatre chief executive said: “I am delighted we can put our efforts together and make this special evening happen. There is a tremendous outpouring for Ukraine, and we wanted to do everything we can to make a difference in the lives of those fleeing this conflict.

“I also hope this will focus peoples’ attention on the plight of refugees fleeing conflicts all over the world.”

Iwan Lewis, Barn Theatre chief executive and Artistic Director, said: “We have been racking our brains about what we can do to help in this tragic time for Ukraine, and we decided to put together our resources and use existing channels to help those fleeing the war.

“I am grateful to Mark and the Everyman Theatre for opening their theatre to this great cause and am thrilled to help bring about a spectacular and moving evening. This is about showing solidarity across borders and doing what we do best—entertaining our audiences—to encourage them to donate.”


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